I was lucky to be invited to panel a webinar for Growth Mindset along with some more panelists who were far more experienced and exposed to Leadership then I am. And that was one of the reasons I felt lucky.
To think of Growth Mindset, few elements are basic “Drivers”. Learning, Adaptability, Discipline, clarity in Vision, well developed Plan and continuous Execution. IQ, Without these, there are no Growth. And we would agree, that most of us have it.
However, with the competition that each sector faces, with understandable limit of positions as one travels up in career and with EQ taking precedence over IQ, are these sufficient to define Growth Mindset? Maybe not.
So, what makes a person apart, when the rest of the peers have equal ability to learn and adapt, have clear vision, a robust plan along with discipline to execute. When it is about actual Growth to next level, what is the Mindset that sets apart someone who deserves it?
Now, these are “Levers”. The more subtle characteristics that comes to play to set the Growth Mindset in motion. They are Tolerance, Patience, Empathy, EQ, Positivity, ability to Bounce back, Eloquence, Presentation abilities, Balance between Heart and Mind.
Together, these “Drivers” and “Levers” brings actual Growth, along with the Mindset.
For me, growth mindset requires a definition that is broad. Professionally, it would include not just promotion, and that should be the least of the priorities. It should include lateral growth too. If I learnt about Performance Polymers in DuPont, and now I will learn about Perfumes, this is growth to me! Because I learnt something, that is expanding my thought process and making my mind ready for the next thing to come! To be open to suggestions, to question the status quo.
The most important thing is, what have I learnt, that is going to help me in my current role? Or help me value add to others in my peer group? Being in Process Excellence and heading digital transformation it becomes my core job to provide solutions. What have I learnt to make it easier for me? That is my growth.
And there is personal growth too. How invested I am in market, financially? And more then that, how am I tracking my investment? How many good decisions have I taken until now that has grown my money? Moving on the other aspects, personal growth also encompasses relationships. The more bridge we make, the more area we travel! And this happens when we help people. And that helps in growth too.
The other day someone asked, what is my mantra of growth. And my instant reaction was, I am not grown to a good level? Look at him, my friend, he is a EVP, she is a Sr. Director! And this someone told me, that I am at a good position too, when I can take decisions to make things better, and what I learnt is, I should not sell myself short. Give yourself the due credit and take a pause to be happy of what you achieved!
My best practice is, I treat everything in life as a Project, with a goal statement, and a roadmap to achieve it. A strong framework to ensure boundaries and scopes.
The next thing to do is to have a continuity of Learning, Unlearning and Relearning. To try my best to predict outcomes and be prepared for them, and most importantly, get up and fight, and never ever give up on my dreams. Ruthlessly prioritize what you have aimed for.
There is a method to this madness. I follow a three-step approach of Effort > Success <> Confidence. While Effort leads to Success, Success and Confidence lead to each other. So, imagine Effort as an external stimulus to a cycle of Success and Confidence.
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